For the last 13 years I have dedicated my career to studying, providing care, researching, and teaching in the healthcare field. In my current role as assistant professor of pharmacology and director of pharmacy innovation and entrepreneurship, I strive to help students think and design innovative ways to provide healthcare services to patients. However, I must admit that I lack the expertise in complex micro-economic principles, market analysis techniques, and healthcare policy development. To overcome these deficiencies, I have decided to enroll in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) executive MSHA program. What makes UAB unique is that the structure of the curriculum offers me the opportunity to learn from the best experts in the healthcare field and directly apply the acquired knowledge into my daily work.

I have a passion for solving healthcare problems that the most vulnerable, economically disadvantaged, and uneducated people of our society face. Healthcare disparities in America remain extremely high. Hospital visits, long-term care, medications, and insurance costs remain unaffordable for millions of Americans despite recent government incentives and social media advocacy. While social media pressures and online petitions make us feel good about ourselves, the truth is that these approaches have very little to no impact on policy and health outcomes. What is needed for our healthcare system to significantly improve is the presence of more well-trained and passionate healthcare executives, policy-makers, and legislators at the decision table. And I believe that attending a CAHME-accredited institution such as UAB School of Health Professions will provide me the skills and knowledge to become an elite healthcare administrator and policy-maker.

My career goals after graduating from UAB MSHA program in 2021 will be to first join an organization where I could gain practical experience in the management and process of healthcare services before transitioning into a healthcare policy advisory role with a strong emphasis on minority and financially disadvantaged populations.

Serge Afeli, PhD

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